Bu­rundi con­flict is po­ten­tial ‘cat­a­strophic’ re­gional risk

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The African Union warned Sun­day of po­ten­tial “cat­a­strophic con­se­quences” for trou­bled Bu­rundi and the wider re­gion if ri­vals do not re­solve po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences peace­fully.

One day af­ter the for­mer head of Bu­rundi’s army dur­ing its 13-year civil war was as­sas­si­nated, fur­ther fuelling fears of a new con­flict, AU Com­mis­sion chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma called for “ut­most re­straint” by all sides.

“This de­spi­ca­ble act, and mul- tiple other acts of vi­o­lence recorded in re­cent months, il­lus­trates yet again the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in Bu­rundi - and the real risk of see­ing a fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion with cat­a­strophic con­se­quences both for the coun­try it­self, and for the whole re­gion,” Dlamini-Zuma said in a state­ment.

Vi­o­lence erupted in Bu­rundi in April, when Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza launched his now suc­cess­ful but con­tro­ver­sial bid for a third term in power, de­spite weeks of protests and a failed coup against him.

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